Engineer and drift trike enthusiast Matt Jackson goes over the basics and safety of how to ride your Local Motors Electric Verrado.
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Allegra and James are at ORNL today starting the first test print of the DDM Car’s chassis/tub. While the final car will be printed as a monocoque (body, chassis, et all as a single piece) we are starting with a carbon fiber infused ABS print of just a tub structure in order to build a test mule, which will rather simply be a chassis + powertrain capable of driving around and used to test the integrity of part, prove out the fastening and attachment techniques, and generally answer any other questions we have!
Now that we have enough material in house, we are ready to start the print!
But first, we made sure to set up the GoPro to take time lapsed footage of the near 48hour process.
Also, when you first turn on the extruder and get the material heated up, there is a slight purging process to make sure the bead is at optimal conditions when you start the print. Here is a picture of what comes out. This is a great demonstration of how thick the bead of material is at the moment. The ORNL team is currently coming out with some different nozzles to vary the bead size, so stay tuned for that in the next couple months! It may allow us more flexibility in the structures that are possible with this printing method.
With that complete, it’s time to get started. The printer laid down a bead of the outer perimeter first, and will work in layers of the entire part from bottom to top.
After an hour, it has laid down the entire first layer of the print! (One example of how much work there is still to go to get this process working speedily enough to be a major competitor in manufacturing! –but still way better than the 2500hours it took for just the body of the Urbee car:
It will do two solid layers, then 2 layers at “25% infill” and then two more to create the solid base of the part, from there it will begin to move up into the features. Here is a picture of the rendering of the part as it should look when completed:
For those of you who are interested in bead size and structure, here is a close up of the front end after completing just the first layer:
Another exciting bonus is that today, as it prints, ORNL has 2 thermal cameras hooked up to study the temperature gradients of the part, which will later allow the team to analyze Z-strength and bonding of the layers.
An update to this post:
Unfortunately we were unable to complete the first test piece as intended above at this time due to a couple of issues in the printing process. (Mainly from the contraction of the part as it cooled due to the large nature of the piece, and also the software used to generate the g-code was struggling with the translation.. please see discussions on the materials topic in the upcoming days for more details)
This is a great learning experience on a very, very new technology and process that has not been done before -- so while it did not come out perfectly on our first attempt, we are very excited about the things we are learning and will be at it again shortly! Here is a quick picture of the printing progress a little bit before it went wonky and we made the call to try again at a later date (at about 9 full layers--looking cool!)
The computer and head unit for the IBM Connected Car are now in place, there's just a few more revisions on the Galileo Board before it's ready to go. Next up is adding a few straps to the glove box. See this "Internet of Things" project at IBM Impact 2014 this weekend!
Get connected on the project page now.
Corey finishes up one of the electric Cruisers to be featured next month at Gizmodo's "Home of the Future" event in New York. This weeklong exploration of technology and design will present a range of life-simplifying and energy-saving innovations.
Wow! Thanks to the amazing community for getting us to 200% of our funding goal for the Verrado Electric Drift Trike! Matt talks about the sweet t-shirts available at the $25 level, and the brand new seat colors and rim choices now available at the $1,560 level. Just a few days left so don't miss out -- back it now!
The Local Motors crew is so grateful for the AMAZING community response to the Verrado Kickstarter campaign so far! Thanks to YOU, we have reached 195% of our goal and there's still 13 days left to pledge. We just received a limited shipment of Verrado t-shirts - with a pledge of just $25, you'll be supporting the Verrado Electric Drift Trike project, and you'll score one of these sweet t-shirts!
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Kyle is busy getting the Connected Car ready for the IBM Impact 2014 Conference in Las Vegas on April 27th. Today he installed some bulk head fittings and an ethernet cable so you can literally plug in and get online from the Rally Fighter. The next step is to mount the head unit. Corey gives the detail on the touchscreen installation.
Follow this project to see it come together for IBM Impact 2014!
Our partnership with General Electric is growing! We announced this morning that GE will be opening the first micro-factory for First Build in Louisville. The new FirstBuild micro-factory will be located on the University of Louisville (UofL) Belknap Campus and will officially open this summer.
“To win in the appliance industry, we have to innovate faster than ever before since we are now competing with companies that apply their rapid electronic products introduction strategy to the appliance industry,” said Kevin Nolan, GE Appliances’ vice president of technology.
Read the full press release here.
James gives a great update on the materials he's been tinkering with for the 3D printed car at ORNL today. He's testing the reinforcement of plastic with glass fiber instead of carbon fiber to get an idea of look, cost, and layer adhesion. Check out some of the test pieces - he printed some cool chairs!
Read James' full comment here.
Thanks to all those who liked, followed, and shared about Local Motors and our friends at Keyport! The winners have been contacted, here are the lucky ones:
Congratulations to all the winners! Stay tuned for the next giveaway.
Always great having our friends at IMTS in house at the Phoenix micro-factory, and today was an extra special visit as we launched the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge! The winning design will will strongly influence the final design that will be printed and built at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, in September 2014. We can't wait to see what the Local Motors community comes up with this time!
We're celebrating another crowdfunding milestone at Local Motors today as we kick-off the Electric Verrado Kickstarter Kickstarter campaign! Be one of the first to own the electric version of the Verrado, or just pledge a few bucks so we can put these drift trikes into production! Back this project now.
Our build crew hit a small snag when trying to mount the Galileo Board in the Rally Fighter. The community team jumped in and found some brackets on Thingsaverse that worked to fix the mounting issue. They were able to quickly print the brackets using one of our Makerbot Replicator 2 3D Printers and the problem was fixed within a few hours.
James Earle gave a great, detailed update from ORNL on the DDM Car project yesterday. I thought it was important enough to feature some of the images on the blog because we're now getting to see some of the designed pieces being test printed. Below are a few of the photos I grabbed off the project page but please click here for the full post.
Over the past several months Local Motors has been working hard on the new space that will be home to the design and engineering studios as well as Local Motors Labs. We are really excited about this space and want to involve the community in its development which is why we have launched a design challenge to create a design for the second story balcony wall that surrounds the resource space. The winner of the challenge will receive a custom wrapped Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, which includes the pressure sensitive S Pen stylus which was developed in partnership with Wacom Technologies. If you want to learn more about the challenge feel free to head over to the challenge page.
Danny Pro, founder of Misjif Motors had his first interaction with Local Motors years ago at the Pebble Beach Concours D'elegance. Jay Rogers walked into Danny's mobile fine art gallery as he was packing up for the week. After a brief exchange, Jay complimented Danny's artwork and said he would be in touch.
A few weeks later, Jay reached out to Danny to tell him more about Local Motors; and invited the automotive artist to design sconces inspired by the not yet built off-road beast we now call the Local Motors Rally Fighter. Danny only had computer images to work with but that's all he needed.
Danny describes the center of the sconce as a replica of the P-51 Mustang Jet (also the main inspiration of the Rally Fighter), and explains that the three beads represent the three guns of the fighter jet. The top of the board mimics the back end of the Rally Fighter and the red flag matches the red flag on the P-51.
After a few months of being displayed with the "Beta" Rally Fighter, Local Motors officially purchased the sconces and now displays the art at the Phoenix micro-factory.
Just a few months away from graduating automotive school, Danny looks forward to training at BMW in California this summer and hopes to work full time as an auto technician while still keeping up his artistic passion.
Check out more of Danny's incredible work below, and on his website misjif.com:
Best of luck Danny, its an honor having your artwork as a part of the history of Local Motors!
Eric talks about the process of getting the 3d printed R/C Rally Fighter body ready for vacuum forming: